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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 8 hours ago. 34 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Plinius on July 15, 2016 at 11:28am

Thanks Kathy! I haven't followed or had a routine operation in a long time, so I wasn't used to the new style.

Comment by k.h. ky on July 15, 2016 at 9:43am
Chris, almost every procedure is done as you described. Even if you need additional time in hospitals insurance will rarely approve it.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2016 at 7:05am

I realize this group isn't for politics, but what the heck. 

Rachel Maddow had a good segment about Gov. Pence, recalling Indiana's other VP, the infamous Dan Quayle. Both come off as total imbeciles. It speaks volumes about Hoosiers voting these clowns into office to represent them. I'm so embarassed to say I'm from Indiana. Remember the reaction Pence (and Indiana) got a couple years back with their "you don't have to serve gays" law? Boy did they take flack and conswquently had to "fix it". I hope the media reminds America about this, and voters take heed.

Comment by Plinius on July 14, 2016 at 3:46am

Thanks Carl!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 14, 2016 at 12:59am

You're absolutely right, Donald.  Hospital stays have gotten much shorter because it's actually healthier to leave than laying around in a hospital bed.  Plus, surgeries and other medical procedures are much less invasive than they used to be, cutting down on recuperation and healing time.  The same day as my kidney transplant they had me out of bed and sitting in a chair.  Walking and sitting up are crucial to the healing process for that type of surgery.

Chris, all my best to your partner for a speedy recovery.

Randy, so Trump was in Indiana.  The winds were strong from the south that day.  I thought I was just smelling the fertilizer from the fields.  :)

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 2:10pm

Sound good, Donald! I need knee replacements too, but I keep postponing it, because it takes so long to get back to normal and I want to continue my work... If I can find a hospital that can do the operation so efficiently, I could plan it in the summer holidays...

Comment by Donald L. Engel on July 13, 2016 at 12:55pm

A couple of years ago, my wife had her knee replaced.  She walked that afternoon, and went home the next day after showing she could walk 20 meters.  They're finding out that the sooner you can get back to normal activity, the faster the healing process.  She had her other knee replaced in 2005, and it took a few months for her to get back to normal.  This time it was just a week or two.

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2016 at 12:38pm

How long are you hospitalized for a groin rupture operation in your country?  It was usually three or four days here in the Netherlands, but heavy cuts in medical care etc. have brought some changes.

Partner went this morning. There were more people in the waitingroom for similar operations - every ten minutes one of them was placed on the 'assembly line': form, blood pressure, medicine, pajama and within an hour in the OK. A few hours later their homes were called, when the patients awoke they were checked and given a meal - "Yes, you can go home." That was exactly SIX hours after admittance. I really admire the efficiency, but I'm also a bit startled...

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 13, 2016 at 9:32am

Sounds like a nice trip Randall.  I was way off in guessing how many pounds of blueberries you were going to get.  600 lbs is a lot of blueberries.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 13, 2016 at 6:32am

Nothing much going on around here, although "The Donald" was nearby (30 miles away) doing his shtick in Indiana with our goofy governor (Pence) at his side. It all makes me want to puke.

I rode up near South Bend, about 100 miles, with my farmer daughter to pick up 600 lbs of already picked blueberries to sell to customers back on the farm, CSA, and farmers market.  Buy for $2.80, sell for $5.50. Not bad. We had a good time talking all the way.

 

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